Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Course descriptions

Materials Science and Engineering majors are required to complete the following:

Professional Electives

Recommended professional elective courses are 12 credits from: any 3000 or 4000 level MSE elective course; BME 3700 and 4701; CHEG 3156; ME 3217 and 3228. Up to three credits of MSE 4097 or 4996 and up to three credits of MSE 4099 can satisfy the Professional Elective requirement. Students may take multiple instances of MSE 4095 or 4098, which all may count as Professional Electives in MSE, provided each instance covers a different topic. Students with GPA of 3.2 or greater may elect letter-grade graduate courses. Any substitutions must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Engineering Undergraduate Dean.

Technical Elective Requirement

Nine credits, selected from all 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses in the basic sciences, mathematics, and in any engineering discipline other than Materials Science and Engineering are accepted as technical electives. At least 3 credits must be selected from the basic sciences or mathematics: Mathematics (MATH), Biological Sciences (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB), Physics (PHYS), and Statistics (STAT).

Selection of courses is detailed in the Materials Science and Engineering Course Selection Guide.

Concentration in Naval Science and Technology

The concentration in Naval Science and Technology is designed to expose students to engineering concepts and topics of importance to the Navy and industries that support naval science and technology. It is focused on facilitating interactions between students and naval professionals as well as hands-on and experiential activities related to senior design projects or independent study projects that have naval science and technology connections.

To complete this concentration, students must complete nine credits of Naval Science and Technology Coursework topics, distributed as follows:

  1. At least three credits of ENGR 3109.
  2. Six credits from the following courses: MSE 4095, 4901W, 4902W, 4989.

Students electing to complete the concentration must do so in their primary major, and as such select elective coursework from their primary discipline. Students electing to use their Senior Design course sequence must have their project topic approved by both their departmental senior design coordinator and either the director of the Navy STEM Program or the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Students electing to use Special Topics courses or Independent Study/Research courses must have the course or research topic approved by both their department and either the director of the Navy STEM Program or the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. Other courses relevant to naval science and technology may be considered for the concentration by petition to the director of the Navy STEM Program or the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. Students may not apply courses used in this concentration to fulfill requirements for other concentrations or minors.

The concentration in Naval Science and Technology is restricted to U.S. citizens.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

Program Educational Objective 1: Within three to five years after graduation, in their professional careers and/or graduate programs, our alumni/ae will have progressed in responsible professional positions, pursued continual learning, and/or will have attained or will be successfully moving toward attaining post-graduate degrees.

Program Educational Objective 2: Within three to five years after graduation, in their professional careers and/or graduate programs, our alumni/ae will have earned recognition for applying and continually expanding special, in-depth competencies in materials design, selection, processing, characterization, modeling and simulations.

Program Educational Objective 3: Within three to five years after graduation, in their professional careers and/or graduate programs, our alumni/ae will have earned recognition for applying and continually expanding professional skills of critical and cooperative thinking, communication, leadership, teamwork, including in multidisciplinary settings, innovation, and project management.

Program Educational Objective 4: Within three to five years after graduation, in their professional careers and/or graduate programs, our alumni/ae will have become engaged with and will be contributing to professional societies. Our alums will also begin to identify and promote opportunities for collaboration with the MSE department, faculty, students, and other alumni/ae.

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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